Pistorius: Opponent goes to unfair lengths

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Posted: September 05, 2012

THE BLADE was on the other foot, so to speak, and Oscar Pistorius wasn't happy.

For years, Pistorius - a double amputee known as the "Blade Runner" because of the unique prosthesis that allow him to compete in track - had to deal with numskulls who maintained his sleek, lightweight "legs" gave him an unfair advantage over able-bodied runners.

Last month, he competed in the London Olympics, reaching the semifinals in the 400 meters and the finals in the 4 x 400 relay.

On Sunday, he was attempting to win the 200 meters at the London Paralympics when he was beaten out by Alan Oliveira, also a double amputee.

Almost immediately after the race, Pistorius criticized Oliveira for using unusually long prosthesis.

On Monday, Pistorius apologized for the timing of his comments, but insisted Oliveira had an unfair advantage because of the length of his artificial legs.

"I would never want to detract from another athlete's moment of triumph and I want to apologize for the timing of my comments," Pistorius said in a statement. "I do believe that there is an issue here and I welcome the opportunity to discuss it with the [International Paralympic Committee], but I accept that raising these concerns immediately as I stepped off the track was wrong. That was Alan's moment and I would like to put on record the respect I have for him."

Pistorius had won gold in the 200 in the previous two Paralympics and said he was shocked to lose to Oliveira.

"He's never run a 21-second race and I don't think he's a 21-second athlete," Pistorius said of Oliveira, who won Sunday's race in 21.45 seconds. "I've never lost a 200-meter race in my career."

On Monday, the IPC said that Oliveira's prosthesis had been approved before the race.

Oliveira said he only started using his current blades 3 weeks ago, and that he felt "let down" by Pistorius' comments.

It will be interesting to see how the rest of the Paralympics plays out. The two compete against each other three more times this week.


 

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